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Advancing Education Leaders of Color – A Changemakers in Education Event

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Hiring and supporting a diverse team of teachers and school leaders contributes to an educational landscape that promotes inclusion, produces experiences of genuine belonging, and empowers all students to reach their full potential. Yet leaders of color are underrepresented in public and private schools nationwide. 

Middle States will explore the challenges and opportunities facing leaders of color in education as well as the steps schools can take to diversify their leadership teams with Advancing Education Leaders of Color, a live virtual event.

Join Middle States President Christian Talbot at noon on Thursday, Sept. 28, for a conversation and Q&A with Middle States Commissioner Ligia Alberto, Ed.D., a professor of education leadership and researcher, and the Director of the Alternative School for Bergenfield Public School District, and Sadia White, an education consultant who has held several senior leadership roles in education, including as Chief Academic Officer of Newark Public Schools in Newark, N.J. 

Participants will come away with a better understanding of how diversity in leadership can impact student success, and learn about leading-edge research on identifying and mentoring leaders of color in schools. 

This free event is open to all educators who want to learn more about advancing education leaders of color. 

Key Details

What: Advancing Education Leaders of Color — A Changemakers in Education Event | Live Interview and Q&A

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 | Noon to 1 p.m. EST 

Where: Virtual (Link to Follow)


Christian Talbot 

President & CEO of Middle States Association

Ligia Alberto, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, Felician University 

Director of the Alternative School, Bergenfield Public School District 

Commissioner, Middle States Association  

Sadia White 

Education Consultant 

Former Chief Academic Officer, Newark Public Schools 

Cost: Free 


About Ligia Alberto 

Ligia Alberto, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Felician University and the Director of the Alternative School with Bergenfield Public School District. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Alberto left for the U.S. at age 18, arriving alone and speaking no English. She supported herself through college studying Spanish literature while also learning English and adapting to a new culture. Focused always on education as the creator of opportunity, Dr. Alberto obtained a master’s degree in counseling from Mercy College and her doctorate in educational leadership and management from Seton Hall University, where she researched the underrepresentation of Latina women in administrative roles in education. Dr. Alberto has taught elementary, middle and high school in urban and suburban schools in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Alberto has served as a Middle States Commissioner since 2019. 

About Sadia White 

Sadia White is an Educational Consultant in K-12 charter, traditional public schools, and adult education. She consults on school improvement and turnaround. She also serves as Executive Mentor for the Newark Board of Education. As the former Chief Academic Officer of Newark Public Schools, Ms. White managed academics for a district of 40,000 students and 70 schools. Ms. White has also shaped educational policy for thousands of students in her capacity as Regional Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Head of Schools and Chief Academic Officer for the Community Academy Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C., and other senior leadership roles. She is a Certified Public Manager through the George Washington University School of Business & Public Management, and holds an M.A. in Adult Education & Human Resource Development from the U. District of Columbia and a B.S. in Spanish/Secondary Education from District of Columbia Teachers College. 

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